Kobalt Tools 400
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Keys For Success
KEYS FOR SUCCESS: Kobalt Tools 400
LAS VEGAS (Saturday, March 10, 2012) – Each race weekend, selected SRT Motorsports Engineers, Penske Racing engineers and crew chiefs, drivers or engine specialists give their insight on the ‘Keys for Success’ for the upcoming race. This week, Howard Comstock, SRT Motorsports Engineering – provides the keys for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.
Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Race 3 of 36 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)
Race: Kobalt Tools 400 (267 laps / 400.5 miles)
Trivia Question: Former Dodge driver Sterling Marlin is one of only four drivers to have won a NSCS race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway starting outside the top 20. What was his starting position? (Answer Below)
HOWARD COMSTOCK (SRT Motorsports Engineering)
Fast Times: “This is the fastest Cup teams have ever run here at Las Vegas. Fifteen drivers broke the track qualifying record yesterday and I think that means that we’re set up for a really fast race tomorrow. The weather is moderate which is really helping build the speed.”
Tire Beware: “With the higher speeds we’re going to see more tire wear. It’s hard to pass and track position is always a huge key at Las Vegas. Tire management and tire strategy will be a big factor.”
Fuel Economy: “We’re finally in the electronic fuel injection (EFI) era; I think that’s a good thing. We continue to be on a learning curve with the teams and EFI. We saw some teams run out of fuel last weekend in Las Vegas and other teams have some glitches with the system. That can’t happen week after week and be successful. Teams are going to happen to get the bugs iron out makes sure the system works as efficiently as it was designed. EFI is a great system. The teams are going to have to be diligent in making sure they know how it operates.”
Trivia Question Answer: Sterling Marlin started 24th and led 37 laps en route to Dodge’s first NSCS win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.